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Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 40 through to 65. Again, I should like to emphasise that the basis for these amendments is to ensure that as much flexibility as possible is available to the armed services in the day-to-day administration of the provisions contained in the Bill. Indeed, that applies in exactly the same way as applied to the group of amendments...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendments Nos. 40 to 65: Page 26, leave out lines 15 to 20 and insert-- ("(2) Subject to subsection (3A) below, subsection (3) below applies between the commencement of the trial of the accused by court-martial and the announcement of the court-martial's finding on the charge or every charge against the accused."). Page 26, leave out lines 22 to 24 and insert (", the judge advocate,")....

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble Lord, Lord Burnham, told us that this was a probing amendment. I think the term he used was a "teasing" amendment. On the face of it, it is true that these are two rather innocent amendments concerning the responsibility for the appointment of judicial officers who will determine the need for custody prior to trial. In that regard, we would prefer to leave the Bill as drafted. The...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: As the noble Lord, Lord Renton, has explained, this amendment seeks to adjust the minimum qualifications required for judicial officers who are to be appointed to deal with the custody hearings to be established under the Bill. The aim of the clause is to ensure that those appointed have an appropriate level of experience. As the noble Lord pointed out, that is very important. However, we...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The eagle eye of the noble Lord, Lord Renton, spotted my anxious look over to the officials' box. I can tell the Committee that Commonwealth lawyers are also qualified in this sense. They might be appointed. On the question of EU lawyers, I shall have to take further advice. I hope to be able to write to the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, to answer his point. Similarly, although the...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble Lord is kind to raise that point. It gives me the opportunity to put right an earlier omission. I wished to assure the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay--I do it now through the noble Lord, Lord Burnham--that I would write to him on the points that he raised about the terms of appointment and security of tenure of the judge advocates.

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendments Nos. 69 and 70: Page 30, leave out lines 32 to 36 and insert-- ("(h) the use for the purposes of the proceedings of live television links or similar arrangements, including the use of such a link or other arrangement as a means of satisfying the requirement of section 75C(2)(b), 75F(1) or 75K(6)(b) or (7)(b) of this Act for a person to be brought before a judicial officer or...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: These amendments are straightforward. They are designed to ensure that the practicalities of the system are as simple and as flexible as possible. The amendments clarify two points. First, the rules allowing the use of live television links need not confine that use only to those occasions where an accused must be brought before a judicial officer but may be used for all custody hearings. The...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I assure the noble and gallant Lord that the transmissions would be live. The point is that they should be. There should be a proper interchange, and individuals should be allowed to say their piece to the judicial authorities. On the noble and gallant Lord's second point, the ways in which the transmissions would work are presently being examined. I am not certain about the practicalities of...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Yes, of course, most of the links are by e-mail at the moment. But we would ensure that video capability was available to all those who might at some point need it, particularly the Army, because it is more likely to be the Army who are in remote places. However, during the recent engagement in Kosovo the video links were a day-to-day occurrence. The equipment needed is highly portable and...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: On the last point, I believe that the noble Earl will find the same difficulty with communicating through e-mail to some ministerial offices or offices that need a high degree of security. I am sure he will readily acknowledge that the need for proper security for highly classified information in the Ministry of Defence must be our primary concern. But e-mails are used. I remember referring,...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendment No. 70: Page 31, leave out lines 15 to 19 and insert-- ("(h) the use for the purposes of the proceedings of live television links or similar arrangements, including the use of such a link or other arrangement as a means of satisfying the requirement of section 47D(2)(b), 47G(1) or 47L(6)(b) or (7)(b) of this Act for a person to be brought before a judicial officer or judge...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: As the noble Earl says, this clause deals with deserters and absentees who are taken by the civilian police before civilian magistrates. It provides that a magistrate may remand the individual, "for such time as appears reasonably necessary for the purpose of arranging for him to be delivered into military [air force or naval] custody". Remand may implicitly be into custody or bail. The power...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We can argue about the precise impact of "arranging" or "ensuring" that an individual is handed over. It seems to me that there is not a hair's breadth between us. If one is "arranging" to do something one is putting into place the necessary arrangements, thereby ensuring that they exist. To me, the word "ensuring" implies that one is "arranging". I honestly believe that the noble Lord is...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I am bound to say that in "ensuring" he will probably tell someone else to do it--he is hardly going to do it himself. It is the magistrate's responsibility, as is effecting the arrangements. There may be a real difference between the noble Lord and myself, but I do not believe that it is substantial. Therefore, I hope that on reflection he will see that the responsibility placed upon the...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I can. As with all hypothetical examples, it is theoretically possible, but it leaves out consideration of the wider context. Under the current system, we could well let Private Badjob be with his wife, girlfriend, or whoever, at her time of need. The Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces are not vindictive. All justice systems seek to be as fair as possible by taking the wider picture...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Clause 11 inserts a new section into both the Army and Air Force Acts 1955 to alter the process of electing trial by court martial. The availability of a right to choose to be tried by court martial instead of being dealt with summarily is long established. The right to make that choice was extended by the Armed Forces Act 1996 so that it became available to all individuals facing summary...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble and gallant Lord, Lord Carver, seeks to exclude from the Bill Clause 11, which is the clause dealing with the right to elect for courts martial. The noble and gallant Lord reminded us of the exchanges in your Lordships' House on the Human Rights Bill. When that Bill was debated in the House, the Lord Chancellor indicated the Government's willingness to consider designating military...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble and gallant Lord asked me whether the chiefs of staff of all three services welcomed the legislation. I disagree with him. My discussions with Sir Charles Guthrie, as the Chief of the Defence Staff, and I understand the discussions that he had with the chiefs of staff of all the services, show that they want the legislation. They think that not having it would render the current...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I am not surprised that the impression of all your Lordships is different from mine. I am sure that the noble and gallant Lords in voicing their fears about the authority of commanding officers believe everything that they have said. But that is not a view which is shared by the chiefs of staff. They are absolutely clear that to fail to implement this legislation will render the disciplinary...


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